Bradboozle at Skaters Choice
Saturday, July 23, Sewell, NJ
By Sean McCall
Bradford Kelsey is a local New Jersey promoter who has been involved in the local music scene for more than a decade. Brad is constantly working with anybody who is looking to play music. Whether it’s a well-known band that will bring a good draw, or a newer, younger band that is looking to get their foot in the door, Brad is always willing to help anybody out. Personally, Brad acquired the nickname of “Brad Dad” because of his 2000’s emo-father-figure look, as well as the fact he got our band on our first show in 2008 in Skaters Choice. Skater’s Choice used to be his go-to venue that he would constantly book shows at, until he switched to booking at Red Dwarf Studios a few years back and has been since. Brad Dad has contributed to South Jersey in countless ways and has helped out countless people, but recently has decided to call it quits.
“After ten years I recently decided that its time to call it quits. I had a great great run. Last year I was in this same boat but didn't go through with me ending shows. Now I realize it is time. I will have three shows left. This being one of them. I have another show July 9th at RED DWARF STUDIOS. Then I will have one final show where the proceeds will go to the GoFundMe page I'm trying to do. https://www.gofundme.com/23dzmx8
That show will possibly be at Red Dwarf / Berlin VFW / maybe even Skaters Choice. I have to figure that all out. Last show will be a Bradboozle. July 9th might also be a longer show as well since I'm only having 3 total.
Come out to Automations EP Release Show. Spread the word! One of my last 3 shows. Thanks again to everyone who supported my shows and had a great time being a part of these shows over the last two years. You're all in great hands with Grandaire Booking and Little House Booking.”
— Brad Kelsey
Like I said before, Brad has been involved since Myspace was relevant, so that is really showing some true commitment right there.
Brad recently booked a show for “Bradboozle Round 1” which was held at Red Dwarf Studios and featured an old favorite local band, Case Closed.
For this final show, the headliner will be a band that I played one of my first shows with at the same exact venue, No Such Noise! NSN was essentially our father figures that we would look up to as 14-15-year-old kids. They had the talent, the stage presence, the personalities, and just genuinely knew how to make their set fun for everybody. I remember we played a set right after theirs at Skaters, which means one band is on the left side of the rink, and the other band setting up is on the right. For their last time, they called us the Naked Brothers band and told us we had bitching harmonies in front of everyone. I wasn’t sure whether I should’ve been offended or complimented, but I went with the compliment because they’re wonderful people.
BANDS & SET TIMES
Hail To The Thief (Pre-Downer)
Skank Week (Pre-Water Polo)
About the Writer
Sean McCall is a Music Business Technology Major studying at Rowan University with a Minor in Theatre. He has been attending shows and events since he was in middle school and has had his own band he’s been involved in for about 7 years called Breaking Tradition. He has been actively involved in the music scene since he was young and holds an overall passion for all types of music. He has an ear for music and tries to pick up as many instruments as he can. Sean has sung in multiple competitive honor choirs throughout the country, ranging from All-State Honor Choir to as far as All-National Honor Choir, and plans to take off in the Music Industry in as many ways possible. Sean also recently helped book a show in Glassboro with his friends, Alex LaVallee and Alex Bradley, and plans to book many more independent shows in the near future. With a passion for music, bands, and the overall scene, he is adding music journalism to his resumé to contribute even further into this talented area we call home.